Equipping Christian Leaders For Effective Public Service

At Family Policy Foundation (FPF) — the sister ministry of Family Policy Alliance — our vision is a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished. The Statesmen Academy was established in 2016 to advance this vision by seeding the political system with well-trained Christian, pro-family legislators who will lead their states and our nation with integrity and impact.

Today, elected officials with Judeo-Christian values face an increasingly hostile media and political environment. Politicians who hold traditional moral values — especially those who aspire to higher positions — encounter tremendous pressure to compromise and shed their principles. As a result, many do — and many more tire from the pressure and leave public office.

We believe this can change.

There is a Better Way

“Politics as usual” will change when promising political leaders…

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Are equipped with foundational and ongoing training to maintain their Christian principles.

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Glean from proven statesmen who have gone before them advancing pro-family policies.

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Are connected to a network of other people of faith serving in elected office around the nation.

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Are prayed for and emboldened by an alliance of Christian organizations across the country.

The Statesmen Academy provides pro-family legislators early in their career with the training, mentorship, support and coordination necessary for effective, Christ-centered public service. It begins with a rigorous one-week training program and continues with a vibrant alumni community and ongoing partnership with FPF.

Family Policy Foundation-trained statesmen are equipped with Christian worldview and America’s founding principles, wisdom from experienced statesmen and public relations professionals, and in-depth knowledge of hot-button policy issues. They are educated in the political art of prudence and civility, unwavering principles and passionate, respectful advocacy.

“It’s been great for me as a freshman legislator to spend time with other godly politicians and to learn how to completely merge my faith with politics.”

REP. JOSH BONNER, GEORGIA

The Statesmen Academy Journey

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QUALIFICATION & SELECTION

Statesmen Academy candidates are referred by allies, FPF staff, Statesmen Academy alumni or senior elected officials in their state. Legislators early in their career are identified based on their Christian witness and character, record of advancing pro-family policies, and potential for future leadership. Candidates apply to the Academy through a written application and references. The Statesmen Academy director conducts research and may interview applicants prior to admission.

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TRAINING & GRADUATION

The Statesmen Academy is held one week each summer at locations across the country. Participants receive training on our nation’s founding and Christian worldview, “profiles in courage” of proven statesmen and women, practical training from political leaders, current policy discussions and media training. Graduates become part of the Statesmen Alumni Community through which they receive ongoing training and resources including model legislation, talking points, research and polling, and media interview preparation.

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FELLOWSHIP & COMMUNITY

The Academy is designed to create graduates bonded in an enduring fellowship of mutual encouragement and accountability, spiritual strength, and political wisdom. The Statesmen Alumni Community provides an ongoing exchange of ideas, best practices and lessons learned. Alumni celebrate together and weep together; they cheer for each other and pray for one another. A private Facebook page, monthly e-newsletters, policy calls and periodic alumni events help facilitate this community.

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“My experience at the Statesmen Academy was transformative. I spent a week with fellow leaders from across the country, prayed with them and learned how to effectively communicate our shared beliefs. I was given practical advice on how to continue to walk in faith as I work in the State Legislature with dignity. I was given the tools to not only stand firm, but to be assured that I stand with many as we fight for our families and our faith. I will forever be grateful to have taken part and to be an alumna of the Statesmen Academy.”

REP. BARB WASINGER, KANSAS

Statesmen Academy Impact is Impressive and Growing

Our success is measured first in the vibrancy of our alumni community and alumni engagement with Family Policy Foundation. Additionally, each year, 25 or more statesmen are added to the ranks of those inside the political system working to advance social conservative principles in the states and at the federal level. FPF supports and encourages Statesmen alumni before or after their first election to office, when they advance in leadership in their present chamber, or after they secure higher political office—all in an effort to transform our political system from the inside!

— Since 2016 —

100+ LEADERS

FROM 33 STATES
TRAINED & EQUIPPED

— In 2020 —

52 ELECTED

OUT OF 55 ALUMNI
ON BALLOTS

— Since 2016 —

20 ALUMNI

ACHIEVED HIGHER
OFFICE OR LEADERSHIP

Transforming Government from the Inside

The Statesmen Academy equips men and women who will determine the future of our states and nation for decades, if not generations. To secure a nation for our children where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished, we employ a holistic strategy and train Statesmen for all areas of government — from school boards to U.S. Senators.

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State legislators introduce bills and propose amendments that protect life, school choice, parental rights, family values and religious freedom.

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U.S. Senators determine the federal judges confirmed to the courts, who then rule on laws that affect your family and your future freedoms.

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Governors elected in your state set the direction for new policy and have the power to sign into law, or veto, the hard work of the legislature.

Statesmen Academy Graduates Make a Difference

Here is just a sampling of their life-affirming, pro-family legislation accomplishments.

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Your Support is Crucial in Making a Difference

Your generous financial support will train up a vibrant and effective community of Statesmen and Stateswomen committed to a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.

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“I was truly blessed and encouraged by the event. I came thirsty for just the type of content offered – God-centered governing with optimism and prudence. Christian legislators are in dire need of this type of strengthening.”

SEN. LISA KEIM, MAINE